From the College of Design Website:
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University College of Design students were
honored with awards and showcased their work at the April 8 combined
reception for the annual Focus Grant and APEX student juried exhibitions
at the Iowa State Memorial Union.
Integrated visual arts graduate student Josianne Ishikawa of Ames
created a mixed-media installation called "Encaustic Prairie"
(cyanotype, textile, encaustic). She created 28 11-inch-square encaustic
paintings on wood panels as well as a video essay recorded at Ada
Hayden Heritage Park and in the encaustic studio in the ISU Food
The installation includes an altar composed of prairie grass and a
wax bowl of prairie-plant seeds placed at the base of the wall-hung
Ishikawa said she wanted to show her appreciation and bring attention
to the importance of Ada Hayden's work save the prairie. The first
woman to earn a doctorate from Iowa State, Hayden was an assistant
professor of botany for 30 years and curator of the ISU Herbarium (now
the Ada Hayden Herbarium) from 1934 until her death in 1950. She is
known for her conservation work to preserve Iowa’s tallgrass prairie.
In developing her project, "I wanted to combine the symbolism of an
ancient land (Iowa’s prairie) with an ancient art form (encaustic),"
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer at iastate.edu